According to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), it will provide expert advice on the proposed Lekki airport in Lagos in accordance with its rules and for reasons of safety.
This was said by Mr. Sam Adurogboye, the NCAA’s general manager of public affairs, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.
Recall that Mr. Ope George, the Lagos State Governor’s Special Advisor on Public Private Partnerships (PPP), stated the state’s preparedness to build a new airport on the Lekki axis on Thursday.
George disclosed that the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration had requested and received federal government approval for the development of the new airport in Lagos.
He stated that the project will be built on 3,500 hectares of land and that it would begin in 2023.
Adurigboye responded to the news by assuring that, when the time comes, the aviation regulatory authority would oversee the project from start to finish.
“NCAA is not against making developmental progress; the Federal Ministry of Aviation offers initial approval, and NCAA also approves.
We will also oversee it from start to finish and ensure that it is in order before the airport is used, he added.
According to Adurogboye, creating an airport around the axis will result in infrastructural growth, which would be beneficial to the area’s economy, local community, and state.
As for the state government’s plan, retired Group Capt. John Ojikutu, an aviation specialist, said Lagos deserved a second airport.
He questioned why it was taking so long to start the plan, though, as it had been in the works for a while.
Ojikutu, the Secretary of the Aviation Round Table (ART), claimed that Babatunde Fashola, a former governor of Lagos, was in office when the state’s plot was discovered.
The ART is a non-governmental organization created to promote aviation security and safety in all facets of the industry.